A Million Blue Pages

Wed, 26 Mar 2014

A new, more 'interactive' front page

The AMillionBluePages.net project continues to grow, and now that my class, Mary Holland's and Stephen Lemieux's are wrapping up their engagement with House of Leaves, Brian Croxall's, Chuck Rybak's, and Paul Hurh's will soon be getting involved. We've already seen an amazing array of work and I'm excited to see what comes next. Currently, we're tracking about 425 objects across Tumblr, Twitter, Vine, and Instagram, covering about 245 pages of the novel. The most popular page to respond to continues to be page 110, which is interesting -- I'm honestly not sure why it's so popular, but that's something we can discuss on thage page's comment thread.

Speaking of comment threads, I've changed some of the navigation and created a more interactive front page for this website. I'd been concerned that the content here -- as impressive and cool as it is -- doesn't necessarily convey how impressive and cool it actually is. Thanks to some feedback from UMW's Shelley Keith and my fellow Digital Scholars fellows (Janine Davis, Jeff McClurken, Jim Groom, Sue Fernsebner, Mary Kayler and Stephen Farnsworth), I've been thinking about how to shape this site to be more audience-directed and less data-driven. I mean, it's all a big spreadsheet, but it doesn't have to look like one.

To that end, I've got some other ideas in progress, but for now, I hope the new homepage, by emphasizing the most recently-shared content, does a better job of demonstrating how people are using and interacting with the platform. If you have any other recommendations, please let me know!

Also, sorry for the goofy stock image. I wanted to try out Getty Images' new embed feature, and this was the first embeddable result for "interactivity".

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